Celebrating 150 years of railroad reaching Reno

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- The Union Pacific Railroad gave the City of Reno a ceremonial golden spike Tuesday, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad reaching Reno.

Reno City Councilmember Jenny Brekhus was on hand at the Amtrak Train Station Depot in downtown Reno to accept the "spike."

"It just doesn't happen very often," says Nathan Anderson, Director of Public Affairs for Union Pacific. "150 years since the railroad came to Reno. That was the start of our building the American West and we continue to do that today."

Traveling exhibits detailing the community's railroad connection were on hand for the event. You can still see them at the Reno Chamber at Virginia and California until the end of June.